Why the Windrush matters today

Think tank: British Future

Author(s): Steve Ballinger; Sunder Katwala; Patrick Vernon

June 7, 2023

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at public attitudes to race, identity and history as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush.

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Windrush on 22 June, a new report from British Future, ‘Why the Windrush matters today,‘ provides a ‘state of the nation’ picture of public attitudes to race and diversity in Britain today. The report draws on new public attitudes research by Focaldata, with large samples of Black Caribbean and other ethic minority respondents, together with a series of discussion groups across the country. It examines in detail public attitudes towards race, identity and prejudice in the UK today and also looks at what people know and feel about the Windrush, how we should commemorate its 75th anniversary and what we should do now to tackle prejudice and bring people together. ‘Why the Windrush matters today‘ also contains an overview of Windrush 75 events happening across the country and facts about the Windrush; plus a series of first-person Windrush stories and perspectives on what Windrush 75 means for different sectors like business, sport and heritage and how we should teach children about Windrush in schools. Research for the report was made possible by the support of Spirit of 2012 and the Phoenix Group.